Curricular Innovation Grants

Grants from the Curricular Innovation Fund support projects including major curricular revisions for departments or programs, curricular innovations, and individual or team proposals to work on a specific course. Curricular Innovation Grants will be awarded by the Faculty Curricular Planning Committee (FCPC) for the summer of 2018 or winter break of 2018-2019. Directors and participants in any of the activities described below can receive stipends of $600 per week of full-time work up to a maximum of $3,600 (please note that stipends are taxable). Generally, grants of $1,200 (two weeks' support) will be available for individual course revisions; larger sums may be requested for development of new courses.  Note, however, that stipends will not normally be awarded for work that is considered an expected, normal part of faculty duties. Small sums for other expenses can also be provided (please note how much of your request is for expenses). The total grant may be larger than $3,600 for group applications.

Proposals are invited, addressing any of the following categories:

  1. Major curricular revisions for department or interdisciplinary programs undertaken by an individual faculty member or a group of faculty. Proposals would be expected to include provision for sharing with colleagues and program directors the results of the project undertaken.
  2. Curricular innovations whose development would involve faculty seminars or workshops. Proposals are expected to address how a small number of faculty would be centrally involved in intensive discussions of disciplinary or interdisciplinary topics. The project should lead to a significant change in the curriculum.
  3. A study of a subject or topic of substantive interest to one or more academic departments or disciplines. Although topics chosen might have some bearing on the curriculum, a proposal addressing this category would seek support for collegial discussion of academic or pedagogical issues of concern.
  4. Individual or team proposals to work on a specific course.

The Faculty Curricular Planning Committee will consider proposals in all areas, but in particular encourages proposals for curricular collaborations and innovative ideas for curricular use of the newly expanded Weitz Center; curricular innovations to strengthen inclusion in teaching and learning; proposals to develop new courses or revise existing courses to meet the Intercultural Domestic Studies "overlay" requirement, especially at the 100 or 200 level; proposals to undertake planning for ambitious ACE projects; and proposals that build on the accomplishments of the Viz initiative, especially that incorporate exhibitions or performances that involve more than one class, department, and/or program.

Proposal deadline is February 5, 2018.

Examples of projects funded in preceding years include:

  • Laska Jimsen, Catherine Licata, and Cecilia Cornejo, Cinema and Media Studies, to revise and standardize the core media production CAMS curriculum and develop a new advanced production sequence for junior and senior majors.
  • Austin Mason and Susannah Ottaway, History, to develop and refine the second iteration of a team-taught digital history course, Bringing the English Past to Virtual Life.
  • Mark McKone, Biology, to develop new exercises using R for teaching quantitative modeling and analysis in Population Ecology.
  • Asuka Sango, Religion, to develop a new course, Dreams, Gossip, and Secrecy.